Busking: Retaining Your Creative Integrity / A Talk With Brian Russo


The definition of a “busker” according to Merriam Webster is “a person who entertains in a public place for donations.” So, would a brilliant illustrator and design artist who shares his remarkable talent with New Yorkers waiting for the L train at the 14th Street platform qualify for this title?

Absolutely. In fact, he may own it.

I’m not saying that jugglers, street magicians and garbage can drummers aren’t artists, but Brian Russo, who entertains passersby with remarkable illustrations and astonishing designs on the fly, has taken street artistry to a new level. His incredible, live “Free Drawings of Yourself” artistry (for donations) marches to the beat of a different drummer, juggles an ever-changing onslaught of new characters and provides an artistic magic which is incomparable to any of these other buskers.

In this fascinating interview, you will learn about the ins and outs of trying to make a living busking in the big city without sacrificing your artistic integrity…all the while creating art so astonishing that many of those who donate to his cause immediately become amateur art collectors, who one day may tell the story of how they obtained a priceless piece of art while waiting for the subway train.

If you’re going to throw some cash in a hat, might as well get something you can take home in return. And who wants to lug a garbage can across town?

Plus, sitting in for a portrait is fun?! After all everyone from Mary Antoinette to George Bush’ dogs have done it.

For more information on the yoga bunnies and the artist, please visit www.russodraw.com and/or www.theperfectcheese.com.